March 15, 2010 – Progress Software announced the launch of Progress Responsive Process Management Suite, a management platform that unifies visibility, event processing and process management capabilities.

Incorporating components from Progress’ Savvion acquisition, the platform is also pulling together event processing and process management capabilities from Apama and Actional. The result is a product that reaches beyond business process management.

Progress is emphasizing three suite capabilities to enhance business process management: a human-centric platform that provides real-time visibility into processes and systems, including internal and external legacy processes; a unified modeling and automation environment; and continuous monitoring of events in order to identify patterns as well as anticipate opportunities and threats.

“They are proposing that there is something else beyond BPM alone; and they are obviously going after it,” said John Rymer, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research.

This is a topic that is currently nameless, but Rymer defines it as a move to provide real-time, event-based process management. “It’s a very ill-defined area, but they are betting that this is the next phase for the market. And, I think they are right.”

“BPM is brilliant, but it lacks a central nervous system to make the business system responsive to events in real time,” said John Bates, CTO for Progress Software. “Incorporating Savvion’s BPM capabilities, we’ve created a responsive management suite that makes the business highly responsive … By tapping into both legacy business processes and events flowing around your business, you can sense and respond to adjust the course of your business process in response to threats.”

These capabilities and the corresponding new market prospects are particularly valuable to financial services, according to Rymer. “A lot of the compliance reporting really requires this type of reporting.”

With other major BPM acquisitions in the market recently, including IBM/Lombari, Progress’ competitors are not likely to be far behind. The field, says Rymer, includes IBM, TIBCO and Oracle, but they have yet to assert that this new category exists as Progress has. He suspects that it is only a matter of time before they move in this new direction.

As the incumbent and first out of the gate, Progress will face the challenge of getting people to see the big picture by getting them to purchase more than a single component of the suite as is the current norm, the analyst said.

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